Thieves force two IIT Bombay students to transfer money via Google Pay; 2 arrested

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Highlights

  • Second victim approached police after hearing about first robbery on campus
  • The second victim was allegedly robbed of Rs 500 in cash and the thieves forced him to pay Rs 18,000 through Google Pay.

Bombay: In a shocking incident, two students from IIT Bombay were allegedly robbed at knifepoint by two youths. Two people were recently arrested by Powai police for involvement in the robbery. The second victim contacted the police after hearing about the first robbery on campus.

Police identified the accused as 19-year-old Ayush Rajbhar and 21-year-old Satish Yadav, who reside in NITIE, Powai.

Ganesh Sheshardi, one of the plaintiffs, was robbed on his way to a friend’s house on January 29 around 5:30 p.m. The Indian Express reported.

He was walking on Pipeline Road in Powai when the two defendants allegedly robbed him of 700 rupees in cash and forced him to pay 5,000 rupees through Google Pay at knifepoint.

Sheshardi went to the police station and an FIR was filed. When news of the alleged crime spread on campus, another student, Hrishikesh Bodas, 21, approached police and said he too had been robbed in the same way.

On the same day, the accused allegedly robbed Bodas of Rs 500 in cash and forced him to pay Rs 18,000 through Google Pay.

Maheshwar Reddy, DCP Zone 10, said: “Based on technical evidence, we have located the accused duo. They are involved in both robberies.

Vinod Patil, an assistant inspector from Powai Police Station said The Indian Express, “We arrested them on February 1 and obtained their custody. We will now also stop them in the second case of theft. We’re investigating whether they robbed more people.

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